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February 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM

GOP lawmaker denies global warming as Inslee climate bill advances

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to cap state carbon emissions and impose $1 billion a year in new charges on oil refineries, aluminum smelters and other top polluters passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, clearing the state House Environment Committee on a party-line vote. Much of the debate centered on GOP amendments that sought to soften the…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: cap and trade, global warming, gov. jay inslee

February 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Bill regulating unmanned drones gets committee approval

OLYMPIA — A bill regulating the use of unmanned drones in Washington state cleared the House Public Safety committee Thursday after heated public testimony about privacy rights and crime prevention. House Bill 1771 sponsored by Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, would require agencies using or buying drones to get approval from the Legislature or local governments. Drones…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: aclu, rep. david taylor, Rep. Matt Shea

January 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM

GOP lawmakers propose new rules to allocate Electoral College votes

President Obama easily carried Washington state last year with 56 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney’s 41 percent. That granted Obama all of the state’s 12 Electoral College votes. But some Republican state lawmakers want to change the rules in a way that would have peeled off some electoral votes for Romney. The proposal, House Bill 1091, would…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: electoral college, Mitt Romney, president obama